Today is Travis & Monica’s wedding day and it just felt fitting to finally get back into the swing of blogging by sharing their proposal and engagement session! Read on to hear how it all played out…it’s a good one, I promise.
I’ve actually known Monica for years, as she went to high school with one of my very best friends. So when I announced a mini session giveaway and Monica entered + then won via random selection, I was surprised and really excited to catch up! A couple of days before the session…I got an email from her boyfriend, Travis, asking my thoughts on surprising Monica with a proposal and I am not even kidding when I say it’s still one of the best emails I’ve ever received. I FREAKED OUT! Barely able to contain my excitement, I emailed Travis and told him we were going to make it happen.
We chatted over the next couple of days, coming up with a plan to completely keep it a secret from Monica. The plan was that I would find the perfect spot and light and then position Monica in a way that would give Travis time to pull the ring out of his pocket. I had Monica turn around and close her eyes, but when Travis was in position and Monica turned around, she 100% forgot to open her eyes and Travis laughed, with a big smile on his face. When Monica finally opened her eyes…she got the surprise of a lifetime! Her look of confusion quickly shifted to tear-filled eyes and the most heartwarming, joy-filled laughter I think I’ve ever heard.
Meanwhile (at the exact moment Monica opened her eyes), I managed to lose a shoe in this giant field but obviously had a job to do here…then, what do you know? I lost the second shoe moments later and suffered multiple ant bites and sticker wounds but who said being a photographer was always glamorous? I kept capturing the emotional moments as they unfolded and about 10 minutes later I finally said: “Okay, that was amazing and I’m going to cry forever over this and now who wants to help me find my shoes?”
Life is this big, crazy, beautiful thing and I often forget how intricate and magical the orchestration of our lives truly is. All these years later and these two humans live just 20 minutes away from me, over 3 hours from where we grew up? Over 30 people entering a contest and Monica being the one to “randomly” win. Travis, a quiet but hilarious guy, being brave and asking me to help him propose. How even, you guys? I will never, ever get over getting to be a part of this story with these two.
HAPPY WEDDING DAY.
And now here’s their perfect, sunshiny engagement session where I got to see Travis laugh and Monica hold him closer and see what their love story is all about. Enjoy, friends.